The Pikes Peak Blues Community has launched its annual Paint the Town Blue Summer Concert Series in Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave.). From 5:30 to 7:30 every Thursday night through Aug. 16, a local blues act will hit the stage. Plastic Mojo Plus is up tonight, followed in coming weeks by John-Alex Mason, the Brickyard Band and the Lethal Lisa McCall Band. All the shows are free. Food and drink vending will be available; rain moves the event to Thunder & Buttons II across the street. Visit pikespeak blues.org for a complete schedule or call 685-1861 ext. 42 for more. MS
Back when my husband was in his metal screamo band, they threw an annual show in the mountains called Frolic, complete with a stage and generator. The only rules: Bring your own beer and tent. The premise of the second annual Bluegrass and Jam Festival may be somewhat similar, but I'm guessing this mountain music will deafen fewer wild animals. The jam fest, which starts today at Happy Ass Ranch near Lake George and runs through Sunday, features bands such as Grass It Up, Creating a Newsense and more. Tickets range from $30 to $35. For address information and more, go online to happyassranch.com. AL
Not since John Travolta strutted his stuff in white polyester has dance been so hot. TV shows like Dancing with the Stars draw millions of viewers. We're so hungry for dance, we've even watched Jerry Springer (??!!) shakin' his groove thang. At 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, get off the couch to get your dance fix at the Extraordinary Dance! Festival Gala at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). A featured former Cirque du Soleil dancer promises to wow even the wallflowers. Tickets are $5 to $20 at the Worner Campus Center Desk (902 N. Cascade Ave.). Call 389-6607 for more. JT
Have you ever had a day when you felt like a puppet on a string? Most people have. Distract yourself with a traditional Bunraku performance. No, that's not a typo. Bunraku is a form of Japanese puppetry and storytelling that dates to the 17th century. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself at 2 p.m. today at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) where international puppeteer Patti Smithsonian will perform her Bunraku show titled Take Me In My Treesuit. Tickets are $2. Call 719/295-7222 for more info. AG
When I was in high school, I begged my boss to let me off early so I could run down to Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) for ice cream. Well, I pleaded too late and missed my chance. Lucky for me, the annual Good Old Summertime Ice Cream Social and Pie Baking Contest always comes back, and perhaps this year I can make it. Ice cream is $1 a scoop. With music by the Little London Winds and a pie contest, the festivities start at 5:30 p.m. Call 685-5089 or visit manitousprings.org for information. EA
Nothing is more romantic than flowers. There are the typical roses and tulips that evoke the idea of love. But why not change things up a little? Become wild in showing compassion for that special someone take a scenic drive with your significant other to Crested Butte and enjoy the 21st annual Wildflower Festival. Oh, the beauty of hiking through fields flooded with glacier lilies. And the enjoyment of partaking in different culinary events, with live music playing in the background. The festival goes through July 15. Call 970/349-2571 or visit crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com for more info. KL
I'm a little bit of an expert when it comes to bull riding. Well, kind of I once stayed on a mechanical bull for 20 seconds at the highest setting. That's why I'm pumped for the 67th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, which features bull riding, steer wrestling, mutton bustin' and about a gazillion other events you've probably never heard of. Tickets are $10 to $27 for this five-day event at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.), and can be purchased at ticketswest.com among other local outlets. For more information, call 635-3547 or visit coloradospringsrodeo.com. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Angela Grosshans, Kurtis Lee, Amanda Lundgren, Matthew Schniper and Jill Thomas.